By Kristen Miller
Cokato’s third annual National Night Out is planned, with activities taking in Cokato Tuesday, Aug. 5.
The neighborly get-together is catching on, with 16 neighborhoods participating this year, which is up 12 from last year each planning its own festivities that evening, starting at 6 p.m.
Businesses on Olson Boulevard will be hosting a gathering for the employees who work in that area.
Because of the great response to the event in recent years, almost all areas of town are participating.
Flyers will be distributed in each neighborhood notifying residents of the location of the event in their area. Residents can also call city hall for information about the various locations.
The purpose of National Night Out is to get to know one’s neighbors so that we can make our community a safer place to live, according to Susie Keskey, chair of the event.
The Cokato Fire Department, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, ambulance, and drug safety volunteers will be stopping in and sharing their expertise and promoting the safety services each provides, according to Keskey.
The event is organized by the Cokato Police Commission and DC MEADA (methamphetamine education and drug awareness).
Door prizes for each area will include a fire extinguisher from the Cokato Chamber of Commerce and a smoke detector from the fire department, along with other small novelty items.
In 2006, Margaret Salo and Sue Thomson spearheaded the neighborhood outing, which at the time, only had two neighborhoods participating, Swanson and Prairie avenues.
Now moving in on its third year, Keskey is glad the event has been so well received.
“I’m really excited the community has taken such an interest in the event,” she said.
“People look forward to meeting their neighbors and it gives new [residents] in the community a chance to be a part of their neighborhood,” Keskey added.